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KS CEO Jack Wong and Saint Mark Lutheran Head of School Dr. R. David Gaudi Jr. are joined by haumāna, ‘ohana and staff from their respective kula following the signing of an expanded education partnership which includes tuition assistance for K-8 students, research, data and other sharing between schools, and wrap-around support for Native Hawaiian families.

KS, Saint Mark Lutheran School expand partnership for Native Hawaiian keiki

Nov. 30, 2021

Contributed by 'Alohi Bikle

In an effort to provide Native Hawaiian learners with access to quality faith and culture-based education, Kamehameha Schools and Saint Mark Lutheran School (SMLS) have expanded on a 2019 early childhood education partnership to include keiki in grades K-8.

“Saint Mark is honored and humbled to continue such a special collaboration with Kamehameha Schools,” said SMLS Head of School Dr. R. David Gaudi Jr. “The expansion program equips students with the foundational skills and moral character needed to successfully transition to their high school of choice.”

Announced on Nov. 30 at a ceremony held at SMLS’ campus in Kāneʻohe, the three-year agreement provides tuition assistance, research, data and other sharing between schools, and wrap-around support for families. The pact places an emphasis on students of Native Hawaiian ancestry transitioning from Saint Mark’s Early Learning Center.

“It is our kuleana to provide opportunities for Native Hawaiian learners to experience an educational journey that will foster the strength and ambition needed to lead and contribute to their communities,” said KS CEO Jack Wong. “Saint Mark Lutheran School has demonstrated academic success, a commitment to Native Hawaiian students and families, and understands the value in incorporating culture in its curriculum.”

Since 2016 KS has established similar agreements with Island Pacific Academy, St. Andrew’s Schools, Assets School, Saint Louis School on O‘ahu, Island School on Kaua‘i and Akaʻula School on Molokaʻi as part of its focus on creating opportunities for more Native Hawaiian keiki.

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